Monster High

Universal’s last attempt to turn toys into movies was not a success. Battleship turned out to be a massive flop, and the studio wound up spending millions of dollars to not adapt all the other Hasbro properties they’d acquired. But now, apparently, they’re ready to try, try again.

Gossip Girl creators Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage have signed on for the studio’s live-action adaptation Monster High, based on Mattel’s popular line of dolls. The central conceit is that the teenaged characters — who look, basically, like Bratz girls gone goth — are the offspring of iconic monsters like Frankenstein’s monster, Dracula, and the Mummy. Hit the jump for more details on the new film.

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It’s already time to look ahead to January, apparently, seeing as today’s TV Bits includes updates on three shows premiering in early 2013. After the jump:

  • Leslie’s celebrity crush Joe Biden is coming to Parks & Recreation
  • ReelzChannel is planning a sequel to 2011′s political soap The Kennedys
  • Netflix is on the verge of a deal to save AMC’s The Killing for Season 3
  • Vampire Hunter Abe steals Jesse Pinkman’s job (not the meth-making one)
  • Watch the trailer for the spy drama  The Americans, starring Keri Russell
  • Portlandia sets a return date and announces a winter special watch a clip
  • The Sex and the City prequel Carrie Diaries hits The CW on January 14
  • The CW’s Beauty and the Beast and NBC’s Chicago Fire will stick around

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Everyone’s got new shows brewing, from Community favorite Donald Glover to Fifty Shades fan Bret Easton Ellis. After the jump:

  • Donald Glover could get his own show at NBC
  • Bret Easton Ellis writes teen monsters for The CW
  • A&E orders an occult drama from Michael Bay
  • Jonathan Mostow will direct TNT’s The Last Ship
  • Breaking Bad‘s Mike is Ben’s dad on Parks & Rec
  • Read descriptions for Justified‘s new scoundrels
  • A&E reveals the first teaser art for Bates Motel
  • Once Upon a Time warns, “MAGIC IS COMING”

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Seeing as she’s currently enjoying Oscar buzz for her powerful performance in The Help, the announcement of a potential new project for Viola Davis couldn’t come at a better time. The actress is reportedly eyeing the lead role in an untitled half-hour HBO drama which will focus on a city’s corruption as seen from the perspective of a prep school headmaster with big ambitions.

Dee Rees, writer/director of Sundance favorite Pariah, is set to write the script and possibly direct the pilot; Margaret Nagle, who recently wrote episodes of Boardwalk Empire, will co-write the story with Rees. [The Hollywood Reporter]

After the jump, read about a possible Sex and the City prequel, Comedy Central’s fall schedule, and the renewal of Adult Swim’s Childrens Hospital.

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